The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book

Uncommon Recipes From the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop / Emily Elsen & Melissa Elsen ; Photography by Gentl & Hyers

Book - 2013
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"From the proprietors of the renowned Brooklyn shop and cafe comes the ultimate pie-baking book for a new generation of bakers. Melissa and Emily Elsen, the twenty-something sisters who are proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop and cafe Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a pie-baking book that's anything but humble. This stunning collection features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey. There is also a detailed and informative techniques section."-- From publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Life & Style, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455520510
1455520519
Branch Call Number: 641.8652 El
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Elsen, Melissa
Gentl & Hyers

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The owners of a Brooklyn pie shop and cafe share sweet and somewhat savory recipes. Sisters Melissa and Emily have pies for all seasons. Fall's particular pies are rich, homey and unusual: Concord Grape Pie, Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie, Salted Caramel Pie, and a dozen others.

Features over 60 unique and delicious pie recipes from the New York City bakery, such as salted caramel apple, green chili chocolate, black currant lemon chiffon, and salty honey.


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May 08, 2017

I came across this book while looking for recipes for a potluck. After picking this up and making the derby pie, I can conclude that it is a sure winner. The recipes are amazing and the custard pies are to die for! The crust recipe is pretty basic, just remember too much kneading will remove all the butter marbling from your crusts.

VaughanPLKarenL Dec 21, 2016

LOVE the intro, complete with photos detailing all the steps for making the pie crust! To be perfectly honest, I've only made one of the pies in this book, but that one pie has yet to fail me. Not to mention their pie crust recipe, which has likewise received stellar reviews, even from people who claim not to like pie crust. It's definitely worth a try!

JCLKinsleyR Jun 07, 2014

Repeat flavoring ingredients in all the pies...surely there is more room for creativity. Or, maybe they know something I don't - they do have a cookbook and a bakery after all.

ksoles Mar 06, 2014

Twenty-something sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen know their pie. They hail from small-town North Dakota, where their family owned a restaurant in which the girls learned to bake at their grandmother's elbow. Their Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Shop in Brooklyn, opened in 2010, has quickly risen to national prominence because the girls have combined their real-world know-how about pie making with cutting-edge culinary trends. This collection of exciting, flawless, and thoroughly vetted recipes quite possibly form the most exciting pie cookbook on the current market.

The Elsens make their pies seasonally and therefore arrange the recipes in this fashion. But before presenting their formulae, the authors provide 70 pages of clear, essential instructions on accurately following the recipes, choosing and sourcing ingredients, using the right tools and performing techniques such as mixing and rolling the dough, creating a lattice, crimping, baking and cooling. The 60+ actual recipes then begin, each accompanied by a lovely photo. Rest assured, the Elsens do not duplicate recipes you already have; they include: Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Pistachio Coconut Cream Pie, Strawberry Balsamic Pie, Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie, Malted Chocolate Pecan Pie, Grapefruit Custard Pie, Black Bottom Meyer Lemon Pie, and Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie. The few simpler, standby recipes, like rhubarb pie and sour cherry pie, have even undergone updates for better sweet/sour balance and optimum texture.

A must-have for every pie fan!

JCLChristiH Jan 31, 2014

Unique pie recipes for each of the four seasons. Here are a few that sounded especially yummy to me:
Spring: Wild ginger strawberry pie, Lavender honey sour cream pie, Pistachio coconut cream pie; Summer:Nectarine blueberry pie, Muskmelon chiffon pie, Sweet corn custard pie; Fall: Honeyed fig crumble pie, Maple buttermilk custard pie, Black walnut pie; Winter: Cranberry sage pie, Maple lime custard pie & Lemon chess pie.

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